DuPont and Plantic Technologies, an Australian company that specializes in starch-based biopolymers, are collaborating in the development and sale of renewably sourced polymers that will be marketed as part of the DuPont Biomax family of products. Plans include the development of renewably sourced resins and sheet materials based on high-amylose corn starch as the feedstock for applications including cosmetics, personal care and food packing trays, caps and containers. “Putting DuPont’s polymer science and biotechnology together with Plantic’s starch-based technology helps both companies broaden the performance of this class of polymers while accelerating the availability of more options to replace the use of nonrenewable feedstocks,” says Shanna Moore, DuPont global business director for sustainable packaging materials.
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